Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 22 February 2024

Speaker Lindsay Hoyle’s job is on the line after ‘bending the rules’ following ‘personal lobbying’ from Keir Starmer to prevent a Labour revolt over Middle East ceasefire vote

Sir Lindsay Hoyle‘s job as the Speaker is on the line after he was accused of ‘bending the rules’ to save Sir Keir Starmer from a backbench revolt, amid reports of personal lobbying from the Labour leader.

The House of Commons descended into chaos last night as SNP and Tory MPs walked out of the chamber in a furious row over a vote on a Gaza ceasefire.

It was sparked by Sir Lindsay upending parliamentary convention by selecting Labour’s bid to amend an SNP motion on the Israel-Hamas war.

His decision sparked fury from the Conservative and SNP benches, who accused him of helping the Labour leader avoid another damaging revolt over the Middle East issue.

Furthermore, the Telegraph reported that Sir Keir personally lobbied Sir Lindsay to choose Labour’s amendment, having visited the day before the plead his case.

The Speaker issued an apology after a day of acrimony but continues to face calls to resign – with more than 30 MPs signing a parliamentary motion tabled by a Tory MP declaring no confidence.

Reports of a visit from Sir Keir raise questions about the degree to which the Labour leader leaned on the Speaker as the decision on votes was being considered, the newspaper reported.

Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt also launched a bitter attack on Sir Lindsay, claiming he had ‘hijacked’ the debate and ‘undermined the confidence’ of the House in its long-standing rules.

They could come face to face again on Thursday when she delivers a business statement in the Commons.

The row erupted when Sir Lindsay decided the Commons would first vote on Labour’s amendment before moving on to further votes on the SNP’s original motion and then a Government proposal seeking an ‘immediate humanitarian pause’.

He disregarded warnings from the House of Commons Clerk over the unprecedented nature of the move, which provoked uproar in the chamber.

After calls for him to return to the chamber to explain his move, Sir Lindsay apologised to MPs and vowed to hold talks with senior party figures.

Amid shouts of ‘resign’, he said: ‘I thought I was doing the right thing and the best thing, and I regret it, and I apologise for how it’s ended up.’

The evening’s mayhem – in scenes not seen since the Brexit battles at Westminster – raised thoughts among MPs of an effort to oust Sir Lindsay as Speaker in a plot some are dubbing ‘Just Stop Hoyle’.

An early day motion tabled by senior Tory William Wragg expressing no confidence in the Speaker has already attracted support from 33 Conservative and SNP MPs.

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